Chapter 1018: Go Ahead
At this point, an announcement was heard from outside. “Dragon Teeth Mountain’s Ms. Mu is here!”
Chu Liuyue looked up and saw that Mu Hongyu had already arrived outside the hall. “Quickly, come in.”
Mu Hongyu followed the palace maids into the hall. Once she saw Chu Liuyue, her cute face immediately broke into an excited and elated smile as her almond eyes shone brightly.
“Liu—” She had just spat out one word when she saw Shangguan You standing at the side. She then realized that she was in the palace, so she hurriedly stopped herself and bent her knees to bow. “Greetings, Your Majesty. Greetings, Supreme Emperor!”
Chu Liuyue waved toward her. “Hongyu, this is my own bedroom. You don’t have to stand on ceremony. Come, please sit.”
Mu Hongyu glanced at Shangguan You anxiously.
After all, the latter had been of high status for many years. So even though Shangguan You was wearing casual clothes, he still had the unignorable suppression of an emperor.
Even though Mu Hongyu was active, she knew what to do at appropriate venues. Liuyue can be polite, but I can’t lose my manners.
Shangguan You laughed out loud. “Mu Hongyu, right? I heard many things about you from Yue’er. You don’t have to restrain yourself here. Coincidentally, I have something on, so I won’t stay here and disturb you. You guys can continue talking.”
Then, he stood up and was about to leave.
However, Chu Liuyue smiled and said, “Father, you should stay behind first. The things we’re going to talk about next are also related to you.”
“Oh?” Shangguan You found it strange, but seeing that his daughter didn’t seem to be kidding, he sat down again.
Mu Hongyu saw that Shangguan You was very friendly, and her tense emotions relaxed gradually.
“Hongyu has a Faint Yuan Body, and it’s much harder for her to break through to become a stage-seven warrior than ordinary cultivators. Hence, I plan to bring Hongyu to the Red Moon Desert this time so that we can ask the seniors that we know to guide her.”
Mu Hongyu and Chu Liuyue were very close. Besides, the Faint Yuan Body hadn’t appeared in a thousand years, so it would really be a pity if it was wasted like this.
Hence, Chu Liuyue was bent on helping her to the end.
“Red Moon Desert? Seniors?” Shangguan You was confused. Isn’t it very dangerous there? Normal people will barely survive if they go there, but why is Yue’er rushing to go there? And she is even saying that she knows some seniors?”
Chu Liuyue smiled and nodded. “Yes. I thankfully had their help before, which is why we could successfully leave the Red Moon Desert.”
Out of all the people Chu Liuyue knew now, they were the strongest ones. Other than them, she really couldn’t think of who could help.
Coincidentally, they also asked Xue Xue to send some news over, so it was good if they went over to take a look.
“For this trip I’m going on with Hongyu this time, we aren’t sure when we’ll return. Hence, I need you to take care of many things on the Tianling Dynasty’s side, Father.”
Upon hearing this, Shangguan You naturally wouldn’t reject it. “Yue’er, don’t worry. With me around, you can do whatever you want!”
A hint of apology surfaced in Chu Liuyue’s eyes. “I originally wanted you to lead a leisurely life from now on, but… I didn’t expect to still trouble you in the end.”
“How is this troublesome?” Shangguan You glanced at her in disapproval. “Besides, you’re my daughter. If I don’t help you, who else can I help? Don’t worry. I’ve already recovered, so nothing will happen to me!”
Chu Liuyue’s heart felt warm.
Actually, she did come back this time wanting her father to rest properly. She also wanted to make up for what she owed him, but she didn’t expect so many things to happen later.
She jokingly said, “If I knew of this earlier, I shouldn’t have agreed to yours and Ancestor’s suggestion to ascend the throne that day. You see, you’re still the one being busy with all these things in the end.”
Shangguan You laughed out loud. “Anyway, this position is yours sooner or later. You should go there as soon as possible!”
The Tianling royal family barely had any descendants, and Shangguan Wan had even taken action on many people the whole time. Hence, most of the royal family’s descendants were either dead, injured, or way too young. Amongst them, only Chu Liuyue could hold up the fort.
“When do you plan to go?” asked Shangguan You.
Chu Liuyue and Mu Hongyu exchanged glances. “Today.”
In the Red Moon Desert, the sun shone aggressively.
This vast desert had no end. The heatwaves rose, and even the air became distorted.
A white figure suddenly appeared in the desert sky. Following it was a red-tailed phoenix with its wings spread.
Chu Liuyue and Mu Hongyu stood on Tuan Zi’s back, and their clothes flowed with the wind.
“We’re going to reach real soon,” said Chu Liuyue.
Mu Hongyu nodded, but her gaze had landed on Xue Xue in front of her, and she seemed to be in a daze. Why does this figure… look so familiar?
“Hongyu, what are you thinking about?” Chu Liuyue had long discovered that something was wrong with Mu Hongyu. During this entire journey, she seemed to be lost.
“Hm? N-nothing. I… just feel that this white lion… looks pretty familiar…” muttered Mu Hongyu softly. When she saw Xue Xue rushing toward the desert, a ray of light flashed across her mind! Right! This white lion looks very similar to the legendary fiend we saw in the Mystic Forest previously!
“Xue Xue? That’s Rong Xiu’s fiend,” explained Chu Liuyue.
In the palace back then, Rong Xiu had once summoned Xue Xue over. Quite a few people had seen it, so there was no need to hide this matter intentionally.
“What? You’re saying that this is Prince Li’s legendary fiend?” Mu Hongyu was stunned. The matter of Rong Xiu having a legendary fiend has spread far and wide in the entire Xi Ling. Even though I didn’t intentionally notice this issue, I had heard of it. I didn’t expect that it actually was—
Then… If it really is the one we previously saw, won’t that prove that Rong Xiu is actually here?
“What’s the matter?” Seeing that her reaction was amiss, Chu Liuyue continued asking.
Mu Hongyu hesitated for a moment. She was about to speak when she suddenly heard sounds from the desert.
The duo looked down in unison. They saw the tumbling balls of sand and the moving yellow sand causing a huge commotion.
Chu Liuyue immediately said, “Seniors, it’s us!”
A gender-indistinguishable grunt could be heard from far away.
“Girlie, you know how to come back?” This was Lan Xiao’s voice. Even though he sounded angry, he had no intentions of being furious as his tone had a hint of restrained elation. “Come down quickly!”
Chu Liuyue couldn’t help but laugh. For some reason, she felt very intimate when she heard this voice.
“Hongyu, let’s go down.” She lightly patted Tuan Zi’s forehead and jumped down!
“Hey…” Before Mu Hongyu could question clearly, she saw her friend jump down. She could only follow closely.
The moment Chu Liuyue landed on the ground, the yellow sand beneath her feet started moving quickly and sent her forward. It finally stopped when she could see the sapphire-like lake in front of her.
Once Chu Liuyue stood still, she heard Diwu Zhangze’s surprised voice.. “Hm? Girlie, you broke through and became a stage-seven warrior?”